something. >> rose: what did it mean? >> well, everything. we were so alike in a lot of ways and i always wanted to know -- >> rose: brash and caulky. >> left-handed. from the u.s., same attitude, his strengths versus my strengs, serve and volley versus my return. so i always wanted to know what it was like to play myself. well, i got a quick dose of that which was -- you know, which was great. so i knew when i played him first in the semifinals in '78 i think it was that he was going to be around for a long time. >> rose: you did not win a grand slam after age 26. >> it kind of surprises me because, you know, in 1984 in the finals of wimbledon i was -- and i don't like saying this, he took me apart pret pretty quickly in the finals of wimbledon and i thought he was going to be around for a while butty think there was a classic case of other things creeping into your life. >> he loved life.